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Challenge: Dance (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ED-IF
Location: abq
Date: Feb 23, 2010
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 250
Shutter: 250
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2010

I shot this against a white wall, the idea behind it was a personal sound track. There were two light sources.

Place: 16 out of 55
Avg (all users): 5.9574
Avg (commenters): 6.8889
Avg (participants): 5.8276
Avg (non-participants): 5.9723
Views since voting: 1082
Views during voting: 544
Votes: 282
Comments: 22
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/04/2010 07:46:14 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club ;)

Artistic Merit
* Beautiful subject.
* Fantastic contrast and use of B&W.
* The hard shadows - something that most photographers try to avoid - are what really make this photo adding 3D depth to the subject and reinforcing the outlines.
* Great zone balancing even though there are little of them. Blowing her left harm worked very well going along with the shirt and contrasting with her hair.
* Cropping. You took quite a beating in the comments for not cropping on the left and I was one of the offenders. I can understand how one sometimes focus on the subject and the background just vanishes. I see how you were drawn in to the "Thirds" Maelstrom leaving a lot of negative space on top. As it is, it's unbalanced and going by the Golden Mean would take it to another level.

Technical Merit
* Excelent exposure with good choice of shutter speed. Even though this picture is mainly defined by flash exposure, you managed to freeze the moment avoiding motion blur. I suspect that you were also at the camera's flash synch limit.
* Good control of DOF. The subject is perfectly sharp and the shadows have the definition they need to help the photo, no more no less.
* Good lighting control. What could be seen as defects (hard shadows, blow areas) is used in favor of the picture and works very well.
* Great timing for shutter release. This is the moment!

Emotional Merit
* This photo conveys energy by the truckloads putting every other entry to shame for that matter. This is DANCE.
* The hair is great and it's the element that is carrying alone almost all the emotion on this picture. The other important element is the body pose especially the hands, but ALAS we can't see the right one. :(

I guess the artistic merit really made you score, while the crop was the only real let down.
I voted you 7* (my equal 5th to 12th best vote) so IMHO this would be honourable mention/top #10 material and even ribbon if the crop was tighter.
So you got 16th place and a 5.9 from your first photo? This is commendable and nothing short of exciting, I wish my efforts were as good as yours.

Keep up this excellent work, I'm anxious to see your next pictures.

All the best
Duarte Bruno

Message edited by author 2010-03-05 07:35:53.
03/03/2010 05:55:33 PM
This was my favorite photo. You should have won!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2010 10:36:40 PM
LOVE IT! so fun!
03/02/2010 01:57:25 PM
Great shot and PP
03/02/2010 10:29:36 AM
nice image - should crop the distracting element from the left side
03/01/2010 12:20:43 PM
If only that little gray sliver were cropped on the left side of the image.... but otherwise I like this a lot. The bold black and white contrast is really cool!
02/27/2010 11:17:08 AM
Shadows a bit distracting...just a bit..but otherwise absolutely brilliant..great tone!! 7
02/26/2010 07:34:12 PM
Wonderful image
02/26/2010 06:42:23 PM
listening to music but where is the dance?
02/26/2010 07:25:22 AM
Perhaps just more definition(colour?) on the shirt would have been nice. I like it nevertheless.
02/25/2010 06:50:32 PM
I like this photo, a tighter cropping around her would have been perfect for me, and by doing this u couldve eliminated whatever is on the left of the frame. 8
02/25/2010 01:00:37 PM
Cool job on the processing. Like the B&W.
02/24/2010 08:10:03 PM
love the motion of her hair. her left hand is washed up, a bit oversharpened imo.
02/24/2010 07:50:07 PM
Nice shot. I would have cropped out whatever that is on the left side.
02/24/2010 04:50:23 PM
A bit more crop on the left perhaps. Nevertheless: my *10*
02/24/2010 02:04:53 PM
great work! Just shoulda cropped out that little thing there on the left and this woulda really popped!
02/24/2010 12:33:10 PM
Talk about running from hard shadows... These really make this photo work.
As a negative: too loose crop on top (and what's worse on the left showing something).
I guess I'll give it 7* before I go through the whole challenge.
02/24/2010 11:42:01 AM
Looks good. I would have cropped out the object on the left though
02/24/2010 12:54:06 AM
What's that mess on the left hand side of the frame?
02/24/2010 12:47:07 AM
Very cool shot, looks like and advertisment for a radio station or someting. I like how you can see the texture in the jeans.
02/24/2010 12:39:15 AM
Great picture, I'm digging the vibe! Shame about the stuff in the middle left but it's a basic editing challenge I guess. 9
02/24/2010 12:22:37 AM
reminds me of i-tunes commercial!

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